Every dessert backpacking recipe featured here has been dreamed up, tested and retested by Chef Glenn personally. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
It’s nice to have a sweet treat after or in between meals on the trail. Often a packaged candy bar with nuts or some sweetened granola cereal fills the craving.
For my dessert recipes, I wanted to create fun ways to enjoy nutritious dried fruits besides just eating them out of the bag. Reconstituting dried fruits with gently heated water and moderate amounts of sugar lends a sweet and fruity juiciness to the other ingredients I combine them with such as dried angel food cake and bread. I also incorporate nuts here and there for additional fiber, protein and fat.
I included instant pudding in three of the desserts which doesn’t meet my usual standard of a healthy food since it is high in sugar and has artificial color and flavor. I confess that I had fun making and eating these instant pudding desserts on past hikes, but for something healthier in the pudding department, you can turn fruit or apple sauce leather into all-fruit pudding and be rewarded with a treat AND good nutrition. Pumpkin pie bark also turns into a nice pudding.
Trail Angel Cake
Banana Nut Bread Pudding
Pumpkin Pie and Granny Smith's Pumpkin Apple Pie
Instant pudding recipes:
Pineapple Up-Side-Down Cake
Grahma Nanna Nilla Pudding
These are good for dessert or breakfast:
Sweet Potato Bark Porridge
You will find all of the backpacking dessert recipes linked above in my book, Recipes for Adventure.
In addition, learn how to make simple and nutritious desserts for the trail like fruit cocktail, apple sauce and fruit-root puddings.
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"I wish I had the knowledge in this book twenty-five years ago. I can
finally get the best of both worlds. Lightweight and healthy
backpacking food. This book has changed everything for my backpacking
experience and I can promise you will never find another freeze dried
meal in my backpack again. I have spent the last three weeks testing
the recipes and all have proven themselves worthy of a place in my pack
and because they are packed dehydrated there is a lot more room in my
pack. The sweet potato bark rocks and has also replaced a couple of
store bought snacks my kids used to eat. They throw a bag of it in
their packs on the way to practice and have gotten request from their
friends for it. Chef Glenn, you and your book rock!!! My advice for
anyone looking at this book is to buy it and buy a couple of extra for
gifts to your backpacking friends." -James